The Symposium of International Languages and Knowledge was quite the event. Besides running the RPG workshop, I also sat in other talks, participated in other educational workshops and also had lots of food.
Here are some photos to show the experience I underwent at Walailak University, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand.
WU was holding their 26th anniversary expo on campus, a big event we were told. SILK was scheduled to be held at the end of March in conjunction with their anniversary. We waited at the border for their transport to pick us up.
It took four hours for the two transports to deposit us at a hotel near their campus.
That evening, a bunch of us went out to the expo site at the university in search of dinner. The expo site was big, along a single road on campus. There were vendors who sold food, flowers, furniture, agricultural gear with a live concert.
This one looked mighty intriguing.
I suspect Thai chefs and cooks hold back on their Thai food that they make and sell in Malaysia because I have never seen nor tasted anything as awesome as the food that I sampled here. These are next level food these are.
Even their paus look amazing.
I thought I would take a closer look at the insectivorous food. I did not sample any, though I think I would try some grasshoppers or crickets next time I visit.
I bought three of these for dinner and ate them at my room later. They were so good. And very filling.
We stopped at a halal restaurant for iced tea and such, but they were closing.
The next morning, our liaison officers came to take us to breakfast at the very same restaurant we went to the previous night. After the meal, we headed for the university for work.
That night we were invited to the SILK dinner organised by the university. Again I was faced with a selection of unbelievably delicious food that was like nothing I had in any Thai restaurants in Malaysia.
This bihun with bean sprouts dish on the right looks simple but was absolutely delicious and slightly spicy. The sprouts were just the right degree of crunchy to give the meal a good texture.
We could order our som tam and the lady at the table would make it right before us as we waited there.
Also, this chicken dish which I have no name for was made in front of me.
The chicken dish was both spicy and sour, and I am salivating just remembering what it tasted like.
Finally for desert we had what was basically a roti pisang with condensed milk and corn.
The next morning after another education workshop session, it was time to go home.
A single university transport conveyed us home, towards the border.
The university students who were our liaison officers and the transport driver posed for one last photo before they began their four-hour journey back to WU. Our university van were on hand to take the team back to our office, but I asked to be dropped at the nearby Petronas station where Ain and Irfan were waiting.
Finally, we had dinner at the Timah Tasoh Dam restaurant before heading back home.